Gov. Edwards proclaims September as Hunger Action Month

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FILE – In this June 6, 2019 file photo, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards smiles as he describes the end of a legislative session that saw his teacher pay raise and education spending plans win final passage, in Baton Rouge, La. The governor has been traveling the state to meet with teachers and veterans, and he’s planning a statewide RV tour that begins Saturday, July 6. The Deep South’s lone Democratic governor faces two major GOP challengers on the October ballot: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The month of September has been declared Hunger Action Month by governor John Bel Edwards.

The change has been made to focus on the persistent problem of hunger and to create a movement to end hunger in America.

Edwards says in Louisiana there are nearly one-in-five households that struggle to put food on the table, and that a lack of nutrition harms educational achievement and overall well-being of children in Louisiana.

Feeding Louisiana’s membership consists of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.

Food-based organizations, faith-based organizations, soup kitchens, businesses, health care providers, state and local government are donating time and giving food to help their neighbors in need.

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